Big Ugly Shirt Refashioned into Maternity!

Who doesn’t love cheap maternity clothes? I know I do! Here I’m going to show you how to take a large, blah shirt and turn it into this!

To give you some idea of the challenge involved here, this is what we’re working with today:Sexy, no? Well I got it on triple clearance from good ol’ Target, I believe it was $3. It’s a size 2x.


First you need to try on your shirt and find the bottom of your bust line. Pin there. Then cut the entire bottom of the shirt off like so:

Find a tank top that is the same type of material as your shirt (or if you don’t have a tank you can take a fitted tee and fold in the sleeves). Trace around it with fabric chalk and then cut.
It will look like this:
Sew up the sides and try it on. Against my better judgement I didn’t wear a tank under this for my photo, excuse my preggo belly…
There will probably be a gap by the arm pit.
Turn the shirt inside out and put it back on. Pinch the gap and pin it, then repeat for the other side.
Sew a dart into the shirt following your pins.
Remember the bottom of the shirt you cut off earlier? Grab it and gather to top. Sew it onto the top of the shirt (right sides together). It should look like this:
Getting cuter! Now we’re going to make a sash. Take the sleeves and cut 3 inches down from the top of the sleeve, as far as you can. Do this for both sleeves.
Sew the two sleeves together on the short unfinished ends.
Now sew into a tube. Measure around your waist. Fold your sash in half and measure half that measurement plus a half inch. Sew down the sash here so it looks like this:
So here I decided I didn’t like the looks of the unfinished arm holes. It didn’t bother me until I looked at the pictures actually. So I turned them under and topstitched them closed. Aaaanywho, I added a fun fabric flower to the sash and VOILA! Cute maternity shirt!
I think this would make a cute non-maternity tunic as well. Don’t you?

68 thoughts on “Big Ugly Shirt Refashioned into Maternity!

  1. Thanks!

    Maggie, I am totally going to make a bunch of them…time to head back to Target!

    Lynette, I think you could cut down the volume of the bottom by taking 2 or 3 inches off each side and it would make a more streamlined tunic.

    Julie, thanks for your comment!

  2. I wonder how long a 2x shirt is? I’m only 5’2 and I was thinking this would make an adorable DRESS! Or a long tunic with leggings! How tall are you?

    Love and Hugs,

  3. Jess, I am 5’5”, and it hits me right below the bum. I have a long torso though. You could totally take the sleeves and make a ruffle at the bottom and make it a dress!

  4. Mands, the flower was super easy! I cut a bunch of uneven circles of 2 different colors of tee shirt fabric. I started with one about the size of a large jelly bean, and got gradually bigger until I had a circle that was about the size I wanted the flower to be. I layered them on top of each other from largest to smallest, then I hand stitched it in the very middle. I hot glued it to a piece of coordinating felt and hot glued the felt to a pin.

  5. I completely agree that this is a cute maternity and a cute non-maternity shirt!! :) I got an oversized shirt on sale at Wal-Mart for $1 the other day, and I think this is how I will redo it! Fantastic job!! :)

  6. Very cute, I have 2 cousins that are pregnant now so I will be making these for them. One question I may have missed it somewhere but I cannot see how you did the armholes, what did you do with the armholes once you traced and cut them out, how did you finish them off.

  7. I just discovered your blog today through Ruffles and Stuff and have been poring over your old posts. You have done so many cute things, but HOLY COW! This one is pure genius! I love it!

  8. Just made this- so cute! I totally botched the sash though… I think I didn’t understand the instructions because I totally did them wrong. :( Going to see how it looks with a jersey sash in a different color that I already own. :)

  9. i am trying to make the flower and its not looking as cute as yours. can you tell me how u do it.thank you so much what a cute top i have made the shirt and trying to finish…
    thanks so much nikki.

  10. Definitely love this look! Although, I’m thinking to keep, or make, the long sleeves. My pregnancy belly will start showing in the colder months, so the sleeveless just wont cut it. (; I guess I could always layer, though!

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